FT Corsair - Release!

by FliteTest | February 25, 2019 | (10) Posted in How To


A new Flite Test kit has just landed: the FT corsair is here and ready for action. 

If you're a fan of our kits, you'll love this new foam board warbird. You'll also be pleased to hear it's the first in a new line called the 'Master Series'. You've been asking for more advanced builds, and we've listened. 

Order your Corsair kit!

The kit is out now in the Flite Test Store. Get your Corsair right here.

In Flight

Just look how scale this thing is in the air. 

Even in our standard Flite Test foam, it's a thing a beauty. We're very proud of it and hope you're as impressed as we are at what foam board can do!

Foam board is really the best way to get into RC warbirds. It's light, meaning you have low wing loading and forgiving stall tendencies, and can take a hit. It takes the intimidation out of the whole game. 

Using techniques pioneered by many in the FT community, and especially in this instance by John Overstreet, this plane uses new molding methods to smooth curves and contour lines. Evolving our fold and glue techniques used for many years, this is another step forward for foam models. It's "mold together" rather than "fold together".

The result of these new methods is a new level of scale realism. The curves of the Corsair have been faithfully recreated whilst easy flying characteristics have been retained.

The new foam board methods in this Master Series build will be carried over to future Flite Test models. Building a Corsair, therefore, will equip you with the skills needed for next level aircraft.

Building a Corsair will add valuable experience to your RC airplane building skill set. 

The Real Warbird

The real F4U Corsair is, of course, a bit of a legend. It was operated as a carrier-based aircraft for most of its use during World War 2, resulting in some of its unique looks. It entered service in large numbers with the U.S. Navy in late 1944 and early 1945 and soon became the most formidable fighter-bomber on the Pacific theater. 

Build Video 

Here's how to build your brand new Corsair. Get your build materials in order and let Josh and John take you through it. 

Order Today

The Corsair is now in stock! Be one of the first to get your Flite Test FT Corsair (1168mm) Kit.

Download the Free Plans: https://forum.flitetest.com/index.php?resources/ft-corsair.62/

Article by James Whomsley

Editor of FliteTest.com

Contact: james@flitetest.com

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/projectairaviation 


Jackson T on February 25, 2019
Nice plane. Are the plans available yet?
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FliteTest on February 28, 2019
They will be available in the next few weeks :)
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SQUATLOBSTA on February 28, 2019
Sweeeeet....the sooner the better boys , spring is about to spring ya know..
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IrreversibleExtents on March 1, 2019
Flyin' an F4U Corsair into the spring sunrise... Nothin' better.
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jfuhr on February 25, 2019
What a great looking plane! It looks so good, I can hardly wait to build it.

Thanks John for this plane, and FliteTest for all the great content!
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Dave B on February 26, 2019
Wow! It looks amazing.
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NYCBobby on February 26, 2019
You've taken foam building techniques to a new level. I can't wait to build one, it looks and flies so beautifully. It even looks awesome in the brown color of the foam.
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Razor7177 on February 26, 2019
Looks great guys, you guys should do the wooden wonder, De Havilland mosquito.
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FliteTest on February 28, 2019
I'd love that!
- James.
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SQUATLOBSTA on February 28, 2019
I love it , I want to build it ...ahem...(with all the electronics from my crashed ft mustang)...now please. Is there a pdf with plans yet?
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swizera on March 1, 2019
would love to see a ww2 biplane

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Ran D. St. Clair on March 1, 2019
Foamboard is great quick builds and beginners, but it is often pretty ugly, but this one is not half bad. Also, most old school balsa and glow warbirds fly like a brick with a death wish. This one flies much better. Finally, I am glad to see people understanding the concept of visual scale speed. You have to fly smooth and in light winds or it breaks the illusion, but at least you can, and you can also safely jerk it around if you want. Good job!
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Kevinjt4 on March 1, 2019
The package says 60.5" wingspan on the sheet but with an 1168mm size which is 45.9 inches? Based on the photos shown I guess its 1168mm and not 60.5" wingspan? Can you verify?
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SEALTY on March 3, 2019
I so excited about learning new techniques in foam building. Thanks Flight Test.
I love the Corsair and i look forward to building this..
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Adman on March 5, 2019
Do they have the plans up yet
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Rairighd on March 9, 2019
I found it by
Clicking on FT Legacy build
Click on FT Legacy (FoundersPlane)
Scroll to the bottom to “More from Flight Test”
Click on FT Corsair
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Svenr85 on March 8, 2019
Cmon guys; Every time a plane is anounced i’m amazed of how many people arent willing to read through an article that took so much time to prepare and just see the picture of the plane and go “I want it, i want it now!”
Please respect the fact that flitetest put in the effort; gives you the chance to buy a kit in the first few weeks and then as per their anounce release the plans a few weeks after the launch..
You want it now? Buy the kit and otherwise be patient and thankful that a few weeks after they will release (free!) plans and read the article before asking the same question over and over..
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skins_12 on March 9, 2019
Awesome job on this plane guys. Do you guys think it would be possible to cut out the canopy and make a 3d printed cockpit.
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Bcool831 on March 9, 2019
I dont see my comments or review that I posted so will try again.
Better attention to detail in not deceiving the buyers is warranted. When first advertised and hyped the size was listed at 60”. Now the paperwork included has changed to 43”.
Oversight or not but just not so forthright in my eyes. Do better guys. Do better.
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Allen2Fly on March 14, 2019
Can this Corsair be modified to include landing gear similar to the plans FT has provided the community in the past. I think it would look great for those planes when stored to look like they just landed.
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FT Corsair - Release!